Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Sunday that the police have clues in the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar,but are yet to close in on the assailants. He said considering the nature of the crime,it is more important to expose the masterminds than merely catch the assailants.
Chavan said: There is progress in the investigation of Dabholkar murder. A total of 19 teams have been formed to investigate the case. It is one of the most shocking incidents to happen in Maharashtra in recent times. The killers tried to silence the voice of an independent thinker. Also,we cant rest by merely catching the killers,it is more important to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.
The CM said he will travel to Satara to meet Dabholkars family members later in the day.
Asked if the Pune Police lacked efficiency as they havent cracked the case even five days later,while the Mumbai Police arrested all the suspects of Shakti Mills gangrape within three days,Chavan said the two cases are different. The Mumbai incident doesnt seem to be pre-planned,whereas Dabholkar murder was undertaken as part of a well-planned,pre-meditated conspiracy… the criminals were quite careful while executing the murder. The police are investigating the case and state ATS,IB are assisting, he said.
When asked if his comment on the day of the murder that Dabholkar killers were the same people who had killed Gandhi was made too early,without having any investigative evidence to back it,Chavan said that was a comment on the mindset of muzzling the non-confirming voice. I had used the word very carefully. I had said that the same kind of mindset was responsible for both murders, he said.